Xavier Men's Basketball Signs Three Standouts In The Early Signing Period
Nov. 10, 2010
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University head coach Chris Mack announced today that he has received signed National Letters of Intent from three prep standouts: Darwin "Dee" Davis, a 5-11, 150-pound point guard from Bloomington (Ind.) South High School, Jalen Reynolds, a 6-9, 215-pound forward from Livonia (Mich.) Stevenson High School and Dezmine Wells, a 6-4, 220-pound guard/forward from Hargrave Military Academy (Va.).
Xavier's recruiting class has been ranked among the top 25 in the nation by many experts. ESPN.com ranked Wells as the No. 34 player overall and No. 10 small forward in the country. Scout.com had Wells No. 39 overall and No. 10 at small forward, while rivals.com had Wells No. 66 overall and No. 18 at small forward. ESPN.com ranked Reynolds as the No. 23 power forward in the country, while scout.com had Reynolds as the No. 25 power forward. Davis was ranked No. 22 at point guard by ESPN.com, No. 23 by Scout.com and No. 24 by rivals.com. Rivals also listed Davis as the No. 120 player overall.
"I'm thrilled to announce the signing of our three newest members to the Xavier Basketball Family," said Mack. "These student-athletes and their families represent the type of people we want in our basketball program at Xavier."
Dee Davis has had an impressive prep career. His Bloomington South has compiled an incredible 49-1 record during his two years as the starting point guard, including a streak of 49 straight wins that ended in last season's postseason tournament.
Davis, a two-time All-Conference selection, earned All-State honors as a junior after scoring a team-high 15.7 ppg. and dishing off a team-high 5.4 apg. on a 23-1 squad. Davis averaged 13.1 points and 5.2 assists as a sophomore, while leading his team to a perfect 26-0 record and a No. 3 national ranking in the USA Today's Super 25 prep poll. He was named the State Championship MVP as a sophomore after leading his team to the title.
"Dee is the consummate point guard," said Mack. "He's quick, heady and knows how to run a team. He comes from an incredible high school program that won 49 consecutive games, including a state championship in Dee's sophomore year, a year in which he captured MVP honors. Coach (J.R.) Holmes of Bloomington South has a floor general and I can't wait to steal him away for next season."
J.R. Holmes, head coach at Bloomington South, said Davis is an unselfish leader: "Dee is very quick and is a very strong floor leader," said Holmes. "He does a great job creating opportunities for himself and his teammates. Dee is a very consistent, team-oriented player. There are not many others players I know that have had his type of career and have his type of potential."
Jalen Reynolds, who averaged 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks this past summer for his AAU team, the Reach Legends, sat out his junior year at Livonia Stevenson due to transfer rules after switching schools from Clarenceville High School. Reynolds averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks as a sophomore at Clarenceville High.
"Jalen is that diamond in the rough that you don't often see these days because of the exposure in AAU basketball," said Mack. "Not many people knew about Jalen but our staff was convinced after our annual team camp that Jalen was a high major Division I prospect. He's really long, bouncy and has a very soft touch. Jalen plays with a chip on his shoulder and is fearless. Stevenson's Coach (Mike) Allie and Coach (Corey) McKendry of Reach Legends have continually pushed Jalen to reach his full potential on and off the floor."
Mike Allie, head coach at Livonia Stevenson, raves about Reynolds: "Jalen runs the court as well as any big in the nation. He is relentless on the glass and an excellent shot blocker. He has a soft touch around the rim and is improving his jump shot every day. He will fit in perfectly with Xavier's style of play and is very excited about becoming a Musketeer."
Dezmine Wells is ranked as the No. 39 player in America overall and the No. 10 small forward by Scout.com. Wells, the MVP of the 2010 NBA Player's Camp Tournament in Charlottesville, Virginia and a 2010-11 McDonalds All-American Candidate, participated in the 2010 Nike Lebron James Skills Academy, the 2010 Nike Paul Pierce Skills Academy and was a 2010 Nike Global Games Invitee.
"Dez is a powerfully built versatile guard from Raleigh, N.C.," said Mack. "He's one of the best finishers in all of high school basketball, able to get to the rim at will. He's a winner. He has a high motor, loves the game and plays for one of the best high school coaches in the country, Kevin Keatts of Hargrave. Coach Keatts also coached former Xavier greats Jordan Crawford, Stanley Burrell and David West. Add another talent to that list in Dez Wells."